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Useful Information Resources

This page provides links to several useful informational resources on mold/mildew.

  •  A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home, 2010: This guide developed by the U.S EPA offers most comprehensive information on mold, its causes, clean-up procedures and prevention and control tips. The guide is also available is Spanish language which can be downloaded here.
  • No federal regulations exist currently on mold/moisture.
  • Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rule (TMARR), 2004: State of Texas developed these rules to regulate the newly emerging industry of mold assessment and remediation in 2004. These rules apply to all mold assessment companies, technicians and consultants plus contractors, workers and the laboratories involved in analyzing mold in the state of Texas.
  • Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments, 2008: These guidelines are issued by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In the absence of federal regulations, these guidelines are widely used as a standard for mold remediation and clean-up.
  • Mold and Mildew- Cleaning up your flood damaged home, 2007: Developed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a aftermath of hurricane Katrina, this publication provides excellent information on how a home should be cleaned after a flood like situation to ensure that mold and mildew are removed completely and pose no threat to the long term health of the residents of the home. Here is another fact sheet on mold remediation by FEMA.
  • Facts about Mold and Dampness: A page developed by Center for Disease Control (CDC) relating mold with health issues. The page also offers the same information as pdf in several different languages.
  • Facts about Mold (2013, update version): Good brochure published by American Industrial Hygiene Association.
  • Mold: Consumer brochure by U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • A Brief Guide to Mold in the Workplace: Safety and Health Information Bulletin: This guide has been published by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (U.S. Department of Labor). It has useful information and has although been written for businesses, the information provided is well applicable to homes. It provides links to many resources on health issues caused by poor indoor air quality due to mold contamination.
  • Mold Basics, Prevention and Remediation: The information has been put together for homeowners by Virginia Cooperative Extension.
  • Mold: Causes, Health Effects and Clean-up, 2002: A good research report published by a group of consultants working with an architectural firm.
  • WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality (Dampness and Mold), 2009: This World Health Organization document provides a review of scientific literature regarding how health issues are related to moisture and mold. The document is primarily meant to serve as a guiding document for policy and regulatory development by public health officials.
  • Mold in Residential Buildings, 2001: This document, published by NAHB Research Center, provides an overview of issues in residential mold. It has a cautionary approach to concerns that have lately emerged about mold and its impacts in residential buildings.

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